When my husband returned with these from the shop I warned him that they would not be good and as always I was right!
Firstly they are packaged in a plastic bag alone and although this isn't a massive deal as it's partly what makes it the cost that it is, it does make it harder to store and easier to get crushed. However this could be overcome by storing in another container.
There are certain brands that seem to get it right everytime. Just as Heinz are recognised for their baked beans, Kellogg's are known for their cornflakes. There seem to be a range of products which are just not the same when it comes to own or value brands. Tesco value cornflakes are one of them. They are small, thick and chewy and nothing like the light flake you expect from Kellogg's. They lack the crunch that you want from your cereal.
This cereal was so bad that once we tried it and decided we didn't like it, it sat in the cupboard in it's flimsy bag until it went out of date so we had a reason to throw it in the bin.
The only reason I can think of that explains the absence of the box is that it is actually the cardboard that is used to produce the inedible flakes contained inside the bag.
If you're looking to save money but enjoy your food I would suggest moving up a step and purchase Tesco's regular cornflakes because although these still aren't as good as Kellogg's, you can actually eat them.
As I have to be very careful with my money and I don't have a lot of it to spend on luxuries, I have to buy the cheapest food whenever I can, but I still have the occasional treat. I am trying to make time to eat breakfast every day as I usually just roll out of bed, get into my clothes and then dash out of the flat to Uni. By the time ti gets to about 10.30am if I haven't had any breakfast, I feel physically ill as though I am going to faint so I am now trying my best to eat some cereal before I leave.
Cereal is all quite expensive I have found so that's why I buy the Everyday Value cheapest corn flakes which cost 31p. They are great. They taste just as good as the Kellogg's variety but they are quite tiny in comparison. By that, I mean that the flakes are about less than half the size of the more expensive brand but on the positive side, they taste nice and crunchy though I tend to eat mine while I am doing my hair and they go quite soggy in the bowl.
I like to add a little bit of sugar to mine otherwise they don't really taste of anything much at all. These flakes are fortified with the same vitamins and minerals that the more expensive brand is and they are much better value for money. I really couldn't afford to eat Kellogg's Flakes every day.
These come packaged in a box and there is a plastic bag inside that box to keep the flakes nice and fresh and I use a peg on the top of mine so that the air doesn't get to them and make them soggy before I have even poured my milk on them.
They have no artificial colours or flavours and no preservatives and I am really pleased with the quality and they taste good too.
I would recommend them.
If I'd reviewed these a few years ago they would have got 1 star (0 isn't an option) because they were horrible. However I braved them again this week as they've had an 'Everyday Value' overhaul. Costing 31p for a big 500g box, the bargain hunter in me had to have them especially as the big brand costs over £2 for the same amount.
Before Tesco Value had their upgrade the cornflakes came in a bag. Since becoming Tesco 'Everyday Value' they come boxed, with the cornflakes kept fresh in an inner bag- so a big improvement already. The box is cream coloured with orange and red relevant pictures; it has loads of info on there too, including nut and gluten allergy warnings, ingredients and just general stuff.
These are fortified with vitamins and minerals, contain no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours and there's no MSG or hydrogenated fats- sounds healthy. The Tesco website says they contain 112 cals per 30g serving without milk, the box says 115 cals but I won't quibble over 3 cals....when served with 125ml of semi skimmed milk add 63 cals, this works out about the same as the brand leader.
The ingredients of these and the leader are somewhat similar:
Maize, Sugar, Barley Malt Flavouring, Salt, Vitamins & Minerals: Niacin, Iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12
Maize, Sugar, Salt, Barley Malt Extract, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids) ,Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12
The difference between them mainly is the size of the flakes, these are really small- not broken up large flakes just small in general. Everyday Value are also thicker than the big brand cornflakes. The colour is a bit different too, these aren't as golden.
Taste wise they just taste like cornflakes, maybe not quite as nice as the dear ones and a little bitter, but on the whole they're okay. For 31p they're a brilliant buy and far improved on what they used to taste like; I couldn't even get away with making chocolate cornflake cakes. The bottom of the bag appears not to have loads of broken bits and powder and that's always a good thing.
4 stars from me
Like everyone else we are trying to save money at the moment and downgrading our brands if possible and so we will often try a different one to see how we get on with them - for many items we are happy to stick with the Value goods.
We are sampling many of the Tesco Value items to see which we can use on a regular basis.
However these cornflakes are AWFUL.
I do not mind them coming in the plastic bag packaging - you expect that sort of thing when buying cheap items.
However the cornflakes themselves are much smaller than what we expect from a regular cornflake - but that would not matter if they did not taste so dreadful. I am not that fussy but would have to be very desperate to resort to this as a meal - would probably taste better to eat cardboard - these are small, hard and tasteless.
I found then quite inedible and the most awful cereal I have ever had - I did not eat them and ended up giving the rest of the packet to the birds - don't think I'd even want to use them in baking.
I am not a brand snob and quite happily enjoy the Tesco own brand cornflakes - but these Value ones are another thing altogether.
Virtually inedible - do not buy - go for the normal Tesco make ones instead.
Value is the cheap, bargain range from supermarket giant Tesco. The Value range includes numerous food products, household and even drink related products.
When approaching the cereal aisle, you are met with numerous boxes of cereals from chocolate coated rocks to honey drenched hoops. In terms of Cornflakes, your options in Tesco are limited..Kelloggs being the main brand and followed by Country Barn, Tesco and then Tesco Value.
The Value Cornflakes are basically toasted flakes of maize with vitamins and iron. Kelloggs Cornflakes are toasted flakes of golden corn so there is the main difference straight away. Value Cornflakes are suitable for vegetarians. Cornflakes can be used as a cereal with toppings or in baking. These cornflakes are made in Germany.
Value packets are as basic as you can really get to reduce the overall price of the product. Whilst most cereals come boxed, these cornflakes come simply packaged in a reasonably thick, plastic packet. The bordering is red with the Tesco Value logo prominently displayed. An appetizing bowl of cornflakes adorns the front. All the information we need including an extensive minerals list is present on the back of the packet.
Maize (96%),Sugar ,Barley Malt Extract ,Salt , Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins) ,Niacin ,Vitamin E ,Iron ,Pantothenic Acid ,Vitamin B6 ,Vitamin B2 ,Vitamin B1 ,Folic Acid ,Vitamin B12.
Contains gluten and soya so allergy sufferers beward. Cannot guarantee no nuts are present either.
A 30g serving before you add your toppings will set you back 115 calories, 0.8g sugars and 0.2g fat. The vitamin inclusion based on the recommended daily allowance is around 30% of vitamin B12, Folic Acid etc.
~~~Availability and Price~~~
Value Cornflakes can only be picked up in Tesco stores or through www.tesco.com when doing an online shop. Priced at only 31p for 500g these are cheaper than the Tesco branded ones which are 93p and Kelloggs priced at £1.98 for the same size.
We go through alot of cereal in our house as we all like it. I usually buy Asda Honey Loops for the boys and Golden Balls for myself but as I was shopping in Tesco a few weeks ago, I couldn't find a similar box in there for myself. I decided to be a bit boring and opt for some cornflakes which I hadn't had since I was younger. Baulking at the price of Kelloggs, I noticed a bag of these Value Cornflakes at only 31p! Bargain so I bought a bag!
So the packaging is nothing startling but it doesn't as look as nasty cheap as the Smart Price version! I am so used to rolling up the cereal bags at the top and tucking back into the box but with this cereal, I couldn't do so. I have a sealed cereal container in my kitchen so I tore open a corner and poured the cornflakes into the container. This does a good job at keeping the cornflakes fresh.
~~~Time For Brekkie~~~
I usually opt for something a bit sugary for breakfast when I decide on cereal. Cornflakes at the best of times can be overly bland and I always need something extra for flavouring. On pouring some into a small bowl, I notice they are the right colour..a goldeny orangey colour. They smell non descript. The only thing setting them apart from more expensive brands is the size. I am so used to cornflakes that are quite large, mishapen and really crunchy looking.
The size of the Value Cornflakes is quite disappointing. Although they kept their shape and there wasn't hundreds of crumbs but they weren't much bigger! They felt a bit light and puffy when I picked one up. To be honest, they reminded me of a rice crispy that had been deflated and flattened out! There wasn't much to them and I needed quite alot poured into a bowl to provide any decent portion size! Pouring over some ultra cool, semi skimmed milk, the portion looks a little more presentable.
I couldn't eat these alone although my son is happy to! The cornflakes absorb a little milk and tend to keep a little crunch but don't offer the same satisfactory munch that Kelloggs does. They taste very bland with just a little hint of sweetness. Personally I add a sprinkle of sugar and it livens it up a little making the taste more bareable. If I am feeling adventurous, I may add some banana and this proves a bit more appealing. I have tried pouring yoghurt but it made the cornflakes far too soggy as if it couldn't hold the weight of the liquid on it.
~~~Chocolate Cornflake Cakes~~~
I like to bake and decided to put these to the test with some melted white chocolate. Kelloggs normally hold up well allowing the chocolate to cling on and settle to a tasty little treat. Unfortuantely making cakes with these cornflakes was a disaster. Melting the chocolate, I then poured a reasonable amount of cornflakes into the bowl. Using a wooden spoon, I gently swirled the cornflakes around to coat them and this is where the disaster happened. The cornflakes being the little, unattractive buggers they are, didn't take kindly to being submerged in anything heavier than milk. They crumbled into tiny little crumbs and although the mix did get ate, it didn't survive being put into paper cases.
~~~Conclusion and Recommendation~~~
These cornflakes may be cheap and fill me up when a big portion is opted for but they are bland, tasteless and don't withstand roughness with a spoon! I was being a bit cheap buying these and perhaps they would suit a large family short on cash but I'd personally rather pay a bit more and get a decent cereal.
Not for me and not recommended :(
Tesco Value Cornflakes
I love cereal not just at breakfast time but through out the day as i find it a light, low fat but yet filling snack so i tend to go through quite a lot. Kellogs corn flakes tends to be one of my favourites but i can easily go through a box a week which on average is costing me 12 quid a month ! So on my last trip around tesco i decided to try and find a cheaper alternative and then i came across these.
For a 500g bag your looking at around the 50 pence mark which is a huge saving compared to kellogs so i thought id give it a try.
The packaging is a plain white bag (not a box like your used too ) displaying the tesco value logo and a picture in red of the product. The fact its in a bag and not in a box is quite annoying as the bag is cheap and tends to split quite easily.
The corn flakes them selves did not really taste that great either i found them to lack flavour and when covered with milk the became soggy very quickly. The only use i found for them really was making chocolate corn flake cakes
When I was growing up we always seemed to have a box of Corn Flakes in our house. As a result of many years this was my choice of breakfast. These days there seems far my choice with the market place but I still plumb for this one once in a while as I still enjoy the taste and the feeling of sunshine that it gives me.
However, because times are quite hard at the moment when I came to purchase my Corn Flakes this time I opted for the Tesco Value option instead of the branded ones. The Tesco Value range are cheaper alternatives that sometimes taste as good as the branded ones but cover an assortment of goods from baked beans to rice pudding.
The current price for Value Corn Flakes at my local store is 46p for a 500g packet. This compares very favourably when you consider the branded box for the same amount costs £1.87. While the Tesco own Corn Flakes costs 95p.
This for me takes a bit of getting used to; it is not in a box like I am used to but a packet instead. I suppose this makes the product a little cheaper to produce.
It looks quite effective, displaying an appealing bowl of Cornflakes on the front. The design is simple but tells you want you want to know. While on the back you get all the product information: Allergy advice, Ingredients, The Tesco promise, Storage details, Nutritional information and the recommended daily amount that one serving of Corn Flakes gives you
I carefully followed the instructions and opened the packet along the perforations with a pair of scissors. The packet opened easily, but I was surprised there was no-re-sealing lip. Instead I had to fold the packet up to keep the freshness in.
Maize (96%), Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Niacin, Vitamin E, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
This product contains gluten, Soya and cannot guarantee to be nut free.
This product is fine for vegetarians.
I don't know what I expected when I opened the packet, but I didn't get the smell I expected. I smelt nothing.
I poured some out in a bowl and was surprised at how small all the cornflakes were. They seemed a lot smaller than the branded ones, but they still had that distinctive yellowish colour. Some of the smaller ones reminded me of Rice Crispies. They seem to lack that lightness in texture too.
I poured milk on them and choose not to add sugar. They tasted much crunchier than I expected, rather than chew them they made a lot of noise it was more like eating crisps from that perspective. They tasted very bland to me and I really struggled to enjoy the cardboard taste of them. Finally I gave up and added sugar, this certainly sweetened them and made them far more palatable.
The Tesco Value Corn Flakes in my view do not taste anywhere near as good as the branded ones. Their taste is brand and not at all satisfying. I found them to be very crunchy with little bits like rice within them. I would certainly recommend you take these with sugar as on their own they lack any taste and I did not enjoy them.
Everything about the Corn Flakes are different from the branded items. To start with you have a packet as opposed to the box. I think in a box the Corn Flakes are better protected in the packet they are smaller more broken up and lacking that light golden look. In the packet they are still yellow but duller in comparison and lacking that morning brightness feel about them.
For a 30g serving of Value Corn Flakes with 125g of semi skimmed milk provides:
I think these are a poor substitute for the more expensive branded Corn Flakes. I found them to be crunchy and cardboard in taste, nothing like the usual quality I have come to know from the lighter, bigger and far tastier branded items. I do not recommend these unless you want to buy them as part of a cake recipe. I will not be buying these again I am certain of that.
Several weeks ago I took my granddaughter on a 70 mile drive so se and I could stay over at my sister's house. In the morning my sister made a rack of toast for the adults and put out a bowl of corn flakes to my granddaughter.
As my granddaughter did not want them she had my toast and I set about eating the corn flakes, one spoonful in and I knew it was certainly not Kellogg's I was eating and my sister could clearly see I was not enjoying them.
She told me I was eating Tesco value cornflakes and not to feel obliged to finish them if I was not enjoying them, so I immediately ceased eating. The flakes were smaller than the ones in Kellogg's and they seemed very hard and not at all pleasant.
It was more like tucking into a bowl of wood shavings with milk rather than a tasty cereal. I told my sister about me writing on Dooyoo and laughed that I was going to warn everyone against these, so she informed me of things like the price, 49p for a 500g bag, and yes I did say bag as these do not come in a box, and she pointed out the ingredients which read:
Maize (96%), Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Niacin, Vitamin E,Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.
Nutritional info in one serving reads like this:
6.9g of sugar
2.4g of fat
1.5g of saturated fat
0.3g of salt
I never got round to asking my sister why in god`s name she buys these but my advice to everyone else would be not to!
In my plight to save money, and being a fan of a lot of tesco value products I tried these tesco value cornflakes.
Now I know that they cost less, have basic packaging and I dont really care about that. However they are absolutely disgusting.
If you have ever chewed on cardboard, try that, its basically the same. I think they made these from the dustings on the factory floor and stuck them all back together.
They do have one good use however. If you want to make crispy chocolate nests for easter then these work really well. All you need is some tesco value chocolate, some sweet syrup. Melt the chocolate and stir in the cornflakes and syrup. Make little nests in a cake case, and put in the fridge for a few hours. They make great easter snacks.
The main difference between these and kellogs is that they dont actually come in a box, therefore when I received them in my online shopping, they were mostly crushed, as there was no box to protect them. I was not impressed.
I would go one step up and just get the tescos own cornflakes, or honey nut ones as they are some much nicer and only cost a few pence more.
Another one to try on our economy drive was cheaper cereals and first on the list were Tesco Value Cornflakes. They came in a cheap plastic bag that looked like something contained crisps or petfood rather than cereal but as promised to the Mrs, I gave them a go.
They were just under 50p for a bag that's got 500g in it so they really are cheap as anything. In fact I think that price is about a quarter of what we pay for Kellogg's cornflakes.
Onto the taste test and yes, I could really tell the difference here between my usual Kelloggs and the cheap imposters that saved us a few pence. They have a really stale texture to them and the taste is a bit like, well cardboard to be honest.
I'm afraid the Mrs and I have had to come to a compromise over these. I've agreed to mixing a bag of these with a bag of Kelloggs in a cereal tub so that I get half the normal taste and we still save a bit of money.
I don't recommend these for someone who likes their cereal but for kids who don't know any better or for people who are on a budget and not too fussy I guess these are fine.
In general, Cornflakes seem to be one of the most popular breakfast cereals. Kellogs seem to have the monopoly on being considered the best in terms of quality of product, although the pricing war looks like going to supermarket's own value brands. Tesco Value Corn Flakes are one of many Value products on offer from the supermarket giant, and one of many of the range I used when I was at University in an attempt to reduce my weekly budget in order to be able to sink a few pints in the Union on a Friday night!
Now my taste buds are a little more refined and I generally want a better product, I tend to still go for the Tesco brand, but their own brand instead of the value range. The other week, in combat of the credit crunch, I tempted the waters of the Value product once again, for the sake of wallet saving.
The first thing to note is the packaging. Instead of the usual cardboard box surrounding a thick plastic bag like most cereals, the Value range just has a bag. No box, just the bag. Reducing the packaging costs for them and us, and using less for waste purposes. Big plus from me. The price of the Flakes is also a plus, them costing less than a third of the Kellogs Cornflakes for the same quantity.
However, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say, and this was the real test to come. The Flakes appear the same as other Cornflakes, that familiar orange flake look not seeming to have much difference to other versions. However, the taste and texture were where the differences came in. Ultimately, cornflakes are baked maize, hardened by the process and crunchy and relatively tasteless on their own. Adding milk to them improves taste and texture, but with the Value range, I found there was a distinct cardboard taste, and no amount of wating for them to soak up the milk and adding sugar could change this.
If I want a quick breakfast and am not too fussed about the taste, then I may get these again, but otherwise, the price and packaging pluses are wiped out by the bland and cardboard taste of the product. I don't remember them being this bad, but perhaps my tastes were different back then. sadly, not a product I can recommend, but there are cheaper versions than brands such as Kellogs, and Tesco's own brand as opposed to their Value brand is a good quality product to go for.
A Tesco Value Cornflakes are the poor person's cornflake. They come in a plastic bag rather than a cardboard box, but ironically they taste more like cardboard. The breakfast cereal is consumed in the usual manner. Served in a bowl with the addition of milk... I'll refrain from giving you directions.
Like millions of others, I have been persuaded by the marketing since childhood that such cereals are somehow good for you and that they are an healthy addition to a balanced diet. Like many I have grown up with highly processed flake cereals. But in recent years I have cut down and for the past few months I have stopped eating such cereals altogether. Cornflakes in truth are a freaky breakfast cereal discovered accidentally by a mad American who was trying to find a cure for masturbation in his laboratory. Tesco cornflakes, like so many cereals, are essentially junk food that have been fortified with vitamins. This is partly to hide the fact that they are basically a very boring food. Without the added nutrients they would be nothing more than dried waste vegetation. These cornflakes have the usual added quantities of niacin, iron, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin B1, folic acid and vitamin B12. These are all good for you of course, but it is far better to get these vitamins naturally. I am also sceptical about the effectiveness are vitamin supplements that have been added to food artificially.
Leaving this aside, Tesco cornflakes look almost the same as the Kellogg's famous brand - a sickly orange. The taste is slightly different, more like cardboard, but the main difference is the texture which is harder and lumpier. The pack has a greater quantity of sawdust like debris in the bottom. The stuff you find when you empty out the final contents of the bag for your last bowlful. As most people know cornflakes are made of dried up and highly processed baked maize. In some ways they are a different form of pop corn, but less fresh. I recommend not to eat such cereals for breakfast. There are far healthier ways to start the day. A few slices of wholemeal bread, some fruit or oat based cereals as porridge or muesli without added sugar are far better options.
Tesco Value Cornflakes, well with this product I'm kind of inclined to agree that it lives up to the Tesco Value reputation of being quite poor quality, I tend to find that when I open them up they are either softer than normal cornflakes or them have all broken into little pieces due to their lack of being boxed, and they always seem a little flavourless to me. Although reading through the ingredients on the box I see that they are actually quite good for you because they contain a lot of nutrients!
This item isn't packed in a box like normal cornflakes are it's just in a bag which is white and red along with all the usual need to know information written on the back.
Recipe: No nuts.
Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.
Factory: Before being prepared for manufacture of this product, the equipment
was previously used to make products containing nuts.
The ingredients, for those of use who want to know what is in our food are:
Maize (96%), Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Niacin, Vitamin E,Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B1, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12
One Serving Contains:
180 calories (9% GDA)
6.9g of sugar (8% GDA)
2.4g of fat (3% GDA)
1.5g of saturated fat (7% GDA)
0.3g of salt (5% GDA)
It costs 49p for a 500g bag so you really do get plenty of cornflakes.
Overall I don't think very much of Tesco value cornflakes.... So I normally make them into chocolate rice crispy cakes, except I use cornflakes instead of rice crispy's because it means they're less likely to fall apart. Here's how to do it:
125g of cornflakes
50g of butter
200g of mini marshmallows (super cook are the best for this)
150g of chocolate (vary this depending on how chocolaty you like them)
About 20 cake cases
Lay the cake cases out in a cake tin so that they are ready for when the mixture has been made.
Get a large saucepan, the biggest you have, and put it on the ring turned up to number 4.
Put the butter in the pan and allow it to melt completely before adding the chocolate.
Once they've melt together add the marshmallows and melt them in.
Continue stirring or the marshmallows will stick!
Remove from the heat and add the cornflakes, mix them in thoroughly.
Fill the cake cases with the rice crispie mixture and leave them to cool.
Tip, to make them extra chewy and cold put them in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
Enjoy and Bon appetite!
these tesco value cornflakes are 55p for 500g in comparison to: Kelloggs £1.38 for 500g. Tesco brand 75p 500g. So good value for money at nearly a third of the price of the kelloggs ones.
They dont come in a box which can be quite inconvienient, especially with small children who tend to make a right mess with just a bag!
They look like every other cornflake ive ever seen. cripy thin and brown/yellow. They are often quite broken without the box for protection.
They also don't taste of much. Don't get me wrong they don't taste bad, they just dont have much flavour at all. I would personally go for Tesco brand, they are very similar quality to the Kelloggs ones.
Anyway back to the Value cornflakes. They are ideal for making children's chocolate crispy cakes with! the taste is irrelevent as they will all be covered in chocolate soon, but they stay very crispy for a long time once in this recipe. i find longer than the brand name Cornflakes. They help make this children's favourite very cheap.
This is a recipe that even very young children can enjoy helping with! Simply melt chocolate of your choice and mix with the cornflakes. Put into small portions and set in the fridge. an alternative (and cheaper still receipe) is to use golden syrup mixed with drinking chocolate. this makes a slightly softer cake when set. very simple to change for a special occasion for example you can add chcolate eggs for easter.
so in conclusion, nothing special as a breakfast cereal, but great for cooking with, and good value for money.